There is officially snow on the ground.
I went on a quick trip to Florida last week, basked in 25ºC sunshine, and returned to snow and a cool -2ºC hanging in the air.
I didn’t even have my winter jacket or mittens. I left the airport bus, dragging a suitcase packed with Christmas presents and souvenirs I’d picked up, and nearly wept with heartbreak.
I live in Canada. And not even the slightly warm part of Canada. I grew up in a small, coastal city where even the summer temperatures rarely climb past 25. Now, I’m more central.
Montreal has some warm, lovely summers. The winters, however, are bitter. Like, took the last cookie without asking bitter.
I love snowshoeing and skating and I’m learning to love cross-country skiing. Hot chocolate is great and I can get into a good fireplace. But, winter just isn’t worth it for me – unless we’re talking about Christmas.
Winter redeems itself during the holidays. I don’t even mind baking things that resemble snow, like these new treats!
I’ve been baking a lot with chocolate and ginger – essential Christmas flavours. But, I wanted to mix things up. The fresh, white colour of coconut really lends itself to holiday baking and I’ve been after a way to work it in.
That’s how these guys were born.
They’re like a hybrid between a Rice Krispies square and these delightful little cherry coconut balls my grandmother always made for Christmas – minus the cherry, of course.
Please forgive the lack of preparation photos. As I keep working at my video skills, I get too in the zone and completely forget. Hopefully the video will illustrate what you need to do to prep these simple, sweet snowballs.
If you’re not a white chocolate fan (it’s a polarizing thing), you’ll see I dipped some of the balls entirely in white chocolate and some were simply drizzled with it. If you’d prefer to leave it out entirely, this recipe will work just as well. You can always just roll the balls in flaked coconut or even swap it out for something like dark chocolate. That would be phenomenal.
If you have any questions for me, I’d love to hear in the comments.
Thanks for stopping by!
Crispy coconut snowballs
Makes 24-30 (depending on size)
- 1 1/2 cups sweetened, flaked coconut
- 1 1/2 cups of Rice Krispies
- 1 1/2 cups of icing sugar
- 1 tbsp milk
- 1/2 tsp salt (I forgot this one in the video – sorry!)
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 2/3 cup of butter, melted
- 1 250g bag of white chocolate chips
- 1 tbsp vegetable shortening
- More flaked coconut, for decoration
- Add coconut, Rice Krispies and icing sugar to a large mixing bowl. Add salt and vanilla. Pour melted butter over everything and stir with a spoon or spatula until fully combined.
- Roll into balls. The size you choose depends on how many you’d like to make. Mine were larger and it made about 26. Freeze for one hour. If you’re running low on freezer space, the fridge for two hours will for it.
- Melt white chocolate and shortening together. Take your snowballs out and dip into white chocolate until fully covered. You can also drizzle the chocolate over them.
- Sprinkle with additional coconut.
- Return to the freezer for another hour or the fridge for two hours.